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  1. After moving on to showing fish three times and losing one in the thick weed, I finally managed to get one on the mat an hour before packing up.
    14 points
  2. Great to be back out fishing again๐Ÿ˜ . Certainly a challenging session but I stuck at it & managed to bank a few in the end & always a great social too . lost a few fish but with the weed & the crays messing with my rigs constantly, think that was inevitable. The first 3 days had all the fish stacking up at the other end of the lake , with my mates picking up fish on the zigs , but dropping a high % of the takes in the weed ! . Last night the hot weather broke & with that my chance of a bite or two increased, just felt for sure that it would see a few fish venture my way. Just needed to be able to sneak a bite or two & finish the session off with a fish , so I upped my baiting dramatically thinking there going to get the heads down , was happy with all my spots , so was just the baiting approach I changed . First bite came at 11ish last night which I dropped in the weed !! had fun a games getting the rig back out .... having not fished for ages my casting was a little off ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜…clipped up & sent it into the darkness ( no moon ) listened for the splash but heard a thud !! ๐Ÿ™ˆ as it turned out it had landed in the perfect spot to spoon out ....couldn't of planned it better ๐Ÿ˜ That then ripped off at first light only to drop another fish ... proper gutted at this point . Then I get done on a drop back on my spot on the far margin . Was looking like the fish I had Wednesday morning would be the only one to grace the net . Beeeeeeep a take off a margin spot down my right hand side & after a battle in the weed managed to win this time . Was just sorting out photos in the rain & my far rod ripped off , so just like busses ended up with two on the bank at once . Rain drop on lens ^ turned out to be the common hiding in there ^
    14 points
  3. yonny

    July Catch Reports

    Managed to get an impromptu session on Saturday after convincing the Mrs it was a good idea on Friday. Popped over Friday night to put some bait in and got on there at first light Saturday morning. Not much happening and by 07:30 I knew I'd need to get on my toes if anything was going to change that. I spotted one a long, long way away so got the binos out and hey presto; I saw another pop its head out. In come the rods, onto the barrow, off we go for an adventure. Got round there and it was clear there were a few about. I had one chuck with a bear lead to see if the area was clear and unusually it went down with a nice satisfying bump first time. Result. Wrapped 2 rods up and popped them next to each other at just past 40 yards, 4 spombs over the top, sat back for a brew. Half an hour later and something is going on with one of the rods. Up and down the bobbin was going but I couldn't tell if it was a bream on the end or just crazy liners. Five minutes after it started the bobbin stayed up so I hit it. Nothing on the end. Odd. So I'm re-wrapping this rod up to get it back out and I get a beep on the other rod. I'm kinda convinced I have bream on the spot so I'm cursing them as it absolutely melts off. I drop the rod I'm wrapping and jump on the other one. It's straight into the long stringy weed that grows in this area. It actually does my a favour and once it's freed it comes back very easily with weed over its face. I recognise it as it comes closer. One of the odd'n's, an old pug nosed common with a bunch of ghostie in it that get seen a lot but rarely gets caught. Into the net, happy with that one. The carp are still about so I go back to the rod that was being wrapped up and get it back out quickly. Re-tackle rod number 2 and get that out next to it. 4 more spombs and hope that it hasn't scared them away. It hasn't, and the rod goes again within half an hour. This one fights a bit harder until it gets stuck in the weed. I manage to free it and it kites to the right round some reeds. Rod tip down and I manage to drag it back. It's just a stocky but my word the colour of it is immense. Lovely dark shades with a black back, leathery with a massive tail and tiny mouth. I can see how it fought so hard. The carp seem to back off after that. I sit it out hoping they come back but by late afternoon it's clear they've done the off. I'm not that bothered as it's been a lovely morning and I'm more than happy with the result. Already looking at the diary to see when I can get back down. Happy days.
    14 points
  4. Well, it was another work overnighter for me this week. Arriving at the lake the entire surface was covered in fluff and a slight ripple was coming in on a South Westerly breeze. It was warm and the sun was out. Perfect conditions for a floater really but alas, I needed to get sorted for the night ahead as the light was soon to be fading. As always, I began with a couple of laps, baiting up a few spots in the edge with a mix of boilie crumb, pellet and corn. I settled into a swim at the eastern end of the lake and got the rods sorted before cracking on with the important business of preparing Fajitas and a brew. Shortly after dark, I had a few bleeps before the bobbin dropped back. I assumed this was a liner at first but as time went on, I started to think I may have been done. As it was quite an enclosed swim with a tricky cast, I decided not to redo the rod and left it in place until morning. Not much happened for the rest of the night but I was awoken just before first light to a twitchy, Bream like take on the same rod which when I wound down into nothing, confirmed my suspicions. Looking at the rig, the hair was tangled which further confirmed the idea that I had been done the night before as I had cast it out with a mesh bag threaded on. Waiting for the kettle to boil, I looked around and conditions were very different. A cold overcast morning with a gusty north westerly. Not much was showing and with only one rod now in play, I decided to do what I love best and get mobile. Before long, I had found a couple of fish in a bay just off the wind. A small handful of bait went in which pushed them off the spot long enough for me to get a rig in the water. I couldn't quite see the bottom so opted for a short, low multi rig baited with an orange 11mm Scopex, Peach and N-Butyric Proper Job pop up (they smell good enough to eat) and sat back in anticipation. A few spots of rain had just began to hit the water when the rod arced round and it was nearly in the lake when I managed to grab the butt. The fish gave me the run around kicking up huge patches of fizz as it aimed for a snag just to my right but before long, it was safely netted and resting while I prepared the mat and camera. Again, not one of the lake's larger residents but two fish from two sessions on what can be a tricky little venue made packing up in a torrential downpour a little more bearable.
    14 points
  5. kevtaylor

    May Catch Reports

    Just done 48 hours social on a new water to me, a small pond containing carp and cats. There was a rope through the middle with a shallow bar on the other side - I used the baiting pole to get under the rope and onto the bar between the sets of pads coming up. First night I had the first fish - a mid double at dusk of the bar. Then a mid double grassy at 2am on the marginal point rod. Mate had 2 double figure cats. 2nd night I dropped one rod short of the bar into a deeper gully and upped the baiting in the hope of a cat. Soon into dark I had a take from what was obviously a cat, it took some line and tried going round a corner into a bay but I was having none of it and gave it the butt - back in front of me I dragged it back over the bar and got it under control. At 29 and ounces not a bad first cat, might try for a real good-un one day.
    14 points
  6. 3 nights down a packed Bluebell Lakes, 1 swim change and lots of head scratching I finally got it right with 4 fish on the last morning after moving a rod to an area of fizzing the night before.
    13 points
  7. yonny

    August Catch Reports

    Well with my results being ok recently I managed to sort another session this weekend. I didn't bother baiting the night before as that seems to have been a waste of time recently. Fishing off the barrow seems to be the one at the mo. So as normal the alarm goes off bright and early and down the lake for opening time. I had an inkling of where they'd be and 45 mins standing in the rain getting soaked proved it to be the case. I saw several. So the rods come out, quick flick about and I find an awesome spot, surrounded by thick weed and not too far out. Easy fishing. Two rods on the spot and 10 spombs, time to relax. I was pondering what to do with the third rod an hour later and I get a take. Feels a bit tenchy but as it gets closer it starts to pull and turns out to be a little stocky mirror, a very, very pretty one. So with the pressure off and a blank off the cards I'm thinking this could be a good session. I redo the rod and top up with another few spombs. Get the kettle on and still seeing signs, this is looking decent. Another hour passes and I get a few liners so when the rod goes I'm kinda expecting it. This one fights harder and the weed becomes a problem, in and out of different weed beds but steady pressure sees it in the net. This one is a real minter, on original common with colours that speak for themselves! So I'm a bit pleased with that one and repeat the process.... rod out, few spombs, cuppa tea. Still seeing signs, not quite as many but hey who cares. A couple of hours passes and I start getting the odd liner again. Two or three shows over the spot and off it goes again. Another weedy battle and I soon have another common in the net. I don't recognise it and tbh I'm not sure if it's an original or a stocky. It's not massive but it's certainly another pretty one. So its turning into a red letter day, I've never had more than 3 of the 60 odd carp that live in this water in one day so I'm thinking I'll go for the record lol. I'm actually just getting this fish in the retainer ready for weighing and photos and a dog walker comes past and has a look. He's suitably impressed and so am I when the other rods tears off. I need to get the common back in the water so tell this old boy to hit the other rod, which he does bless him. Of course he doesn't know what I'm on about when I tell him to tighten the clutch so this fish is just taking line but it's better than nothing I guess. The common is finally in the water so I grab the rod off the old boy, thanking him profusely, and proceed to land my fourth carp (!). This one I do recognise, a fish we call the Otter Dodger. Another repeat (3rd time I've had it bless it) but with each repeat I know I'm getting closer to the one I'm after. It's another old original, a special one, and I'm happy. So long story short I've now run out of bait and although my mate brings some more down in the afternoon the chance is gone. No more sightings and the afternoon is quiet. I'm looking forward to getting back down as it seems I can do no wrong at the moment. Must have stepped in something. The biggun is due so roll on the next sesh.
    13 points
  8. elmoputney

    June Catch Reports

    There we go 20lb of very hard earn't mirror, it had been a bit of a grueller, having already lost 2 this one made me cack myself all the way in, a welcome gift to not let me finish my early morning cuppa
    13 points
  9. My little lad managed to open his account yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽฃ
    13 points
  10. monkey_climber

    May Catch Reports

    A late start for me this year after the winter lockdown and starting a new job in March. Hard to believe it is May before I have had the chance to get the rods out! I had the lake to myself and so, I perched up in a corner swim with a South Westerly rippling in. It was mild and drizzly and looked ripe for a bite after a few shows in the area but alas, the weather changed during the night and the bobbins remained motionless. Brew in hand, I watched the water intently as the morning broke and there seemed to be some activity a little further up the lake. Half an hour of watching gave me all the signs I needed and the rods were soon wound in, a fresh rig tied and with just a rod, net, mat and a pocket full of bait, I made my way around to the other side of the lake. Creeping up to the margins, the morning sun warmed my back and I gently lowered my rig onto the spot a few feet from the bank between two overhanging bushes. The lead went down with a crack and once I was happy my rig was presented, I sat well back and waited. I didn't need to wait long as less than 10 minutes later, the rod tip jerked, and then again before the clutch ripped off just as I was grabbing the rod. After a short but powerful battle, I netted my first fish of the year and while it was one of the lake's smaller residents, it was a pristine spring fish made all the more special by catching it in my favourite way. A great (if a little late) start to the year.
    13 points
  11. Highy

    May Catch Reports

    10lb 4oz.
    13 points
  12. Well blanked the whole of April so decided to have a bash with the floater kit on the local park lake to remind myself what it feels like to catch a kipper, caught a few low doubles this one being the prettiest.
    13 points
  13. yonny

    April Catch Reports

    Got out for a bit last week and struggled for the most part with the carp showing way out of range but did manage this old original common to save a blank.
    13 points
  14. yonny

    March Catch Reports

    Seems a bit silly to start a thread for March on the 29th but hey-ho. Managed 2 days on the bank this weekend which a rarity for me nowadays. It was clear they weren't exactly having it which is standard for March so it was singles and zigs all the way. Had some crazy conditions; massive winds, brutal rain, freezing cold and blazing hot sun, pretty much everything bar snow! Had a little cricket-bat common on the zigs and a slightly better mirror on a pub-chucked pop up. My first carp this year and did see a few so it looks like winter is finally over.
    13 points
  15. Several carp caught over 48hrs ,this one being the best at 27lbs 120zs
    12 points
  16. Spent a couple of nights down in the Nene Valley with the main man @greekskii and a few mates this weekend. Plenty of beer and an incredible BBQ based diet meant much fun was had. In terms of fishing it was tricky with a lot of lines in a pretty small water. We managed to make the most of it however and a few carp were caught. Quiet night for me on the Friday so made a couple of changes for the Saturday and by 10pm I'd managed to fluke the lakes biggun; The Big Ghosty. Defo more luck than judgement but I'll take a jammy capture as much as I'll take a hard earned one. Still down in weight after a late spawn but hey, I'm not complaining one bit.
    12 points
  17. I managed to stalk this little pretty one at of a shallow sunny corner of the lake yesterday. ๐Ÿ‘Œ
    12 points
  18. The first and last fish from an overnighter on Saturday night at Bluebell Lakes 11 takes, 7 landed, 2 lost on a tackle snag that I later got out and 2 missed double takes that fell off by the time I got to the rod. No sleep but what a great little 19 hour session. Tested the Geoff Anderson wet weather gear to the max, out spodding in the rain all night whilst everyone else was tucked up in their bivvies not catching. Also tested the Tackle Box spod rod which instantly improved my accuracy from good in a strong facing wind to off the scale bang on every time - IMO both purchases contributed to more fish on the bank. All the anglers around me blanked on the night, one said he couldn't get the bait out there in the conditions! Edges ๐Ÿ‘ Cannot wait to get back out again very soon, make up for lost time. The tackle snag turned out to be a big ball of weed, 2 rigs, leads and line and a marker and 6 oz gripper lead. Thanks to that I did loose what felt like the biggest fish I've ever hooked from the lake so I was not happy at the time.
    12 points
  19. Just caught this lovely common, excuse me for my half head it was my first attempt at a self take ๐Ÿ˜“
    12 points
  20. dayvid

    May Catch Reports

    The largest of six from the last 48 hours
    12 points
  21. ouchthathurt

    Rod Shots

    Few pics from this evening fishing low water at Pett level. A flounder and a couple of nice eels in 2hrs.
    12 points
  22. Highy

    April Catch Reports

    Broke my 7month blank, didn't weigh, hard work on your own photo's.
    12 points
  23. Golden Paws

    April Catch Reports

    Last day of the month and managed a 24-4 from the Islands at Warminster as well as a 12 lb'er. Luckily the fish decided to crash out which made location a bit easier. Decided to leave the spod at home and just went with PVA bags. It was pretty cold overnight and might be looking for a 6 season sleeping bag!
    12 points
  24. B B

    April Catch Reports

    24lb mirror from Oxlease Apologies for the quality of the picture
    12 points
  25. 22lb 6 oz Mirror, on Sharpe's 8' cane rod, Speedia pin and Munch Cream Seed... get out there...๐Ÿคฉ
    12 points
  26. yonny

    December Catch Reports

    I popped down to a day ticket lake in the Nene Valley for a social this weekend. Conditions were awful; cold, wet, miserable. Blanked the first night and didn't really know what I could do to turn the session around until I saw one lump out around midday. In came the rods, found a new spot in the zone, few spombs of bait and a couple of pink pop ups, job done. I knew it was game on when I started getting liners on dark. Loads of liners in fact - I counted 17 before finally the bobbin stayed at the top and I pulled into a bite at around 8pm. Five minutes later and I have a nice little mirror on the bank. No more liners so topped up with a couple of spombs before bed and got my head down. I did get the odd beep in the night but nothing like before. Shortly before daylight I got a twitchy bream-like take and I waited for a minute for it to fall off before deciding I best get out and hit it. It hadn't even pulled the line out of the clip but as I picked up the rod I could see the crafty little sod had kited down my left hand margin on a slack line. Bit of side strain and I soon had it waddling about in front of me. A nice plump mirror with absolutely fantastic colours. I let this one rest in the net for half an hour until daylight and I'm glad I did. Great looking kipper. A decent little session in the end. Cold and wet but good fun a couple of kippers. Can't moan.
    12 points
  27. Went the other day, just after the storm, Iโ€™ve been walking the dog around two of my local waters as they are only about 1/2mile apart so they are easy to keep tabs on. The larger water had all the carp stocks tightly shoaled under a fallen tree in an out of bounds area. (Roped off temporarily by the management to stop anglers casting next to the fallen tree and risking tethered fish. Good thinking in my view.) on the smaller water, I was able to find the 2 ghosties quite easily and with them were about 60% of the lakes stock, all milling about in the same swim, they were there for about 7-10 days and no one was fishing for them! My boy wanted to go carp fishing so I thought to take him to the smaller pond as I had seen all those carp, turned up the day after storm Bella to find a tree had been blown in, now laying across the middle of the swim, taking up about 40% of the fishable water. This ruled this lake out on safety grounds. We moved to a 3rd water that has good winter form and tried our luck for a few hours. I managed to blank, but my boy winkled out a 15lb common, so he was happy!
    12 points
  28. Highy

    October Catch Reports

    10lb 7oz out the Park Lake
    11 points
  29. Had this one this morning 5 minutes after an early morning move, 21lb on the nose, right under the rod tips, it was the only place free of weed
    11 points
  30. Highy

    July Catch Reports

    Little en drawn 1st blood tonight
    11 points
  31. yonny

    July Catch Reports

    So I managed to get back out on Sunday. Conditions were lovely near me, overcast and cooler than we've seen recently, with a nice breeze. Pretty perfect for carp angling. I popped over Saturday night to bait up and was at the gate for opening time (04:15). I held fire with getting the rods out as the area I baited was looking pretty lifeless. After half an hour watching I decided a quick walk was required and it wasn't long before I found a much better looking area. Lots of activity and although most of it was tench I was sure there was the odd carp about. I started with two spots, applied a little bait, two rods on one and the third on the other. I was seeing the odd bit of fizzing but the only definite carp I saw was down to my left in what is the weediest part of a very weedy water. I popped down for a look and it was proper brutal out there, solid on the deck with rafts of floating weed on top. But my God it looked carpy. I grabbed a rod and chucked it over there and on the third attempt I found a little hole on the deck just next to one of the rafts. This little spot was only a rod length off the bank, about 30 yards to my left. Needless to say one of the rods comes in, baited with a small pop up, and into the hole it goes. Walked down and under-armed a handful of bait right over the PVA foam as it pops ups. Time for a brew. So the day passes and it gets to early afternoon, I'm still seeing signs but have noticed a couple of carp are way up in the water. There's no way I can fish zigs with the weed about so I'm sitting it out hoping for a bite later. Then out of the blue the rod in the hole absolutely rips off, rod bent to a right angler, alarm and clutch screaming, absolutely awesome stuff that has me jumping out of my seat. The fight is pretty brutal with weed up the line causing problems but with a bit of perseverance I somehow manage to extract this carp. Quite an explosive little episode but it ends with a carp in my net so I'm a very happy chappy. It's a lovely grey mirror, spawned out but looking no less awesome for it. I get the pics done, sort the rod/rig out and back it goes in the hole. Another handful of bait over the top. It seems the commotion has pushed them out a bit and I spot carp showing off the back off me. As the day goes on they seem to be getting closer and around 7pm it's looking really good again. I see 3 show in quick succession over my middle rod spot which is around 50 yards out so I'm kinda expecting that one to go when I get a bleep on the right hand rod which is fished at a similar range but to a different marker. I walk over to see what's going on and as I reach the rod the line pulls out of the clip and off it goes. This one proper beats me up and for a moment I wonder if it's one of the real bigguns. Alas it is not, it's one I've had 3 times now, a stocky with a big scale on it's shoulder. Not the prettiest carp in the lake and certainly not the one I would choose to follow me around (as it seems to be doing). That said, the water quality this year does mean it's looking better than previous captures. We get it out to weight it and get a quick snap, I'm glad I did as it's probs the best pic of it I've got (in fact it looks really nice!!). Unfortunately I look like a right miserable sod in the shot so I apologies lads. I can assure you I was happy really๐Ÿ˜‚ On a side note, while I was playing that fish the rod in the hole ripped off again. It was a lovely big tench and luckily my mate was on hand to land it for me. So with the fish put back and the rods all over the place with weed everywhere I decided I'd quit while I'm ahead and home for dinner and a glass of wine to celebrate. What a lovely day and I seem to be hitting some form on there so looking forward to getting back down there. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    11 points
  32. hutch

    June Catch Reports

    Managed this one on a overnighter under the stars the other week
    11 points
  33. kevtaylor

    June Catch Reports

    Another overnighter at Bluebell Lakes, was told not much had been out through the week - they were being moody according to the Baillif, but the conditions seemed great, big facing wind and an electrical storm. This swim was only a bit further down the bank to last week but it was notably shallower at range in this swim, I settled on a deeper clean gully closer in. Managed 3 takes 2 landed common and mirror.
    11 points
  34. elmoputney

    Rod Shots

    Had a good look round found some fizzers so back in old faithful, feeling like there is a chance, under the brolly tonight, wellys at the ready, get set, run(hopefully) ๐Ÿ˜‚
    11 points
  35. Highy

    June Catch Reports

    Little en proppa smashing me n Mate so far... About 40 perch, Rudd n Roach, with 2 on carp rod. 1st was an 11lb 8oz 2nd was 14ln on nose.
    11 points
  36. I managed to catch another one of the same patch of gravel this morning, SLK, hemp and 12 mm pink pop ups coming up trumps.
    11 points
  37. I had my first fishing trip of the year yesterday. Couldnโ€™t leave home before 6am because of the curfew still in place. Intended to sort out tackle on arrival as I hadnโ€™t used my fishing mobile (aka shed on wheels) since last year. Found a rod already set up with a waggler float still baited with a rock hard boilie. I flicked this in before sorting the gear and had this rather nice mirror, fished laying on style 2 metres from bank in 7 metres of water, after only 10 minutes. I continued successfully with the same rig all morning but gave up when the shade temperature reached 34 deg C
    11 points
  38. monkey_climber

    May Catch Reports

    After weeks of incessant rain, there came a break in the weather and with little time to waste before the banks became busy for the bank holiday weekend, I set out once again for quick overnight trip. The session began in the usual manner, with me walking the lake for a couple of hours trying to find some fish and lightly baiting a few marginal spots. There was only one other angler on the lake so I had plenty of options in terms of swims and after chatting with him briefly, he told me that fish had been crashing in a side channel. I know that channel is 2ft deep in most places and covered with blanket weed so decided to leave them to it. After a good few hours walking and not a lot to go on, I decided to set up in a swim called 'Pads' which has plenty of water to go at and would allow me to set some traps in case the fish left the channel during the night. The left hand rod went out 14 wraps fairly tight to the far margin and just off where the channel joins the main body of the lake. The right hander went 8 wraps out and to my right where a large bed of lily pads was beginning to bloom. Both rods were baited with my favoured 11mm Scopex and Peach Proper Jobs on multi rigs and only the right hand rod had any loose feed in the shape of a dozen 15 and 18 millers spread over the top with the catty. Just on dusk, the left hand rod pulled up tight before dropping back a little, when it pulled up tight again and the line pinged out of the clip, I looked out to the spot where I saw a big swirl erupt and a set of rings began pulsating across the flat surface. I picked up the rod and wound down and upon making contact with the fish, it came round on an arc towards my right hand rod and the pads. Fortunately, I managed to steer it away from the other rod after a bit of 'knit one perl one' with the rods and after a good scrap, the fish began to tire. I managed to net it at the second attempt after it had one last burst, swimming over the net cord at my first attempt. Looking down into the net, I was convinced it was a 20 although the scales do not lie (well, not mine anyway ;)) and it went 19lb 4oz. Needless to say, I went to bed very happy with a big, full moon on display right out in front of the brolly. The rest of the night passed uneventfully and unfortunately, I had to be home for work but packing up on a glorious sunny morning was made a little sweeter by having not blanked. It's just a shame that I had to be at work for 9am as this lake fishes really well from 8am-10am and I had just had a couple of liners on the right hander when time finally ran out. Ah well, theres always next week.
    11 points
  39. A couple from April blanks - looked good though lol
    11 points
  40. I landed this one off the same spot just before dark.
    11 points
  41. Iโ€™ve just managed to catch this lovely common, caught on a little pink pop up under some over hanging trees.
    11 points
  42. A week on Redmire. My mate managed to get through last week so the 3 of us have the last week in September
    11 points
  43. Just got back from 48 hours down at Bluebell lakes. I got off to a flyer with 7 takes 4 landed in the first afternoon, thank goodness I had a few bags ready - with mild temps and rain all day I managed to drop in the right place at the right time and get a few bites before it switched back off. The following day I was ready for the afternoon carnage but nothing happened, in hindsight the fish had probably moved down the other end with the weather, being the complete opposite to the day before- clear skies and cool temps. Guess there will be some bangers out this weekend.
    11 points
  44. Highy

    July Catch Reports

    Buzzing... 28lb 4oz.
    10 points
  45. B B

    July Catch Reports

    Well itโ€™s happened finally caught it proper old warrior been after it since I saw it gave me the slip once or twice but got it in the end and Iโ€™m well happy. Love it when a plan comes together. Had it on a whittled down 12 mil in the early hours sorry for the quality of the pic..just look at the size of his tail ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    10 points
  46. Well, I had just managed to get my gear dry and put away from Wednesday night's session when I got a text from a mate asking if I fancied a social as the sun was out. After obtaining permission from the relevant authorities (a.k.a the wife) I swung by the off license after finishing work for a couple of cold cans and made the short journey to the lake. On arrival, it was busy with another 6 anglers on plus the two of us. This is a fairly small (and sometimes tricky) lake so we didn't have too many options in terms of swims but after a little look about, we both decided to fish behind one of the islands directly across from the lazy pegs where a couple of regulars were bivvied up already. The swims we had chosen are rarely fished as they are a bit of a jungle and getting a barrow round there, especially with all the rain we have had recently is a bit of a nightmare. Nevertheless, we made our way around and I sat and watched the water for a few minutes to come up with a plan. Before I had readied a rod, the two anglers across from us, came out from their bivvies in tandem and proceeded to absolutely fill it in. Scoop after scoop of pellet went in and I stopped counting after 40 scoops. Fortunately for us, there was a large bed of lily pads between us and them so with the hope that the commotion may push the fish away from them, I quickly got a rod ready with a single Scopex and Peach popup and with an underarm flick, dropped it tight to my side of the lilies. With one rod out, I set up camp and doused on the jungle formula as the mozzies were out in force before readying the other rod with another multi rig and Scopex and Peach. For this rod, I decided to have a feel around with the lead tight to my own margin, a few feet off to the right of my swim. After finding a nice glassy spot with a fairly soft donk of the lead, I 'Pacman' baited a row of chops and chickpeas below my feet and for a few meters further down the bank to my right where a channel between the bank and the island narrows right down to around 6ft wide before it opens out into the main body of the lake. A perfect ambush point, I thought. I had just set the trap on the second rod when the first rod ripped off and after coaxing the fish away from the pads, it came to the net with very little fuss. As I looked down into the mesh, I saw a recognisable stockie. In fact, it was the same fish that I caught a couple of weeks ago (you can see the picture in the first post of this thread). It must really have a liking to those little pop ups and who could blame it? I unhooked it in the net and let it go quickly before cracking a nice cold beer and getting some food on the go. It was a muggy night and I didn't sleep well but managed to finally zonk out at around 3am before being rudely awoken at just after 5am by a one toner on the margin rod, I leaped from the bedchair struggling to get my boots on and rather than wasting time unzipping the mozzie mesh on my Lo Pro, I went straight through it, pulling it off the brolly in the process. The rod was bent double and by the time I was on it, it had already cleaned out my other rod. Fighting to open my eyes, the fish went wild and put up one hell of a scrap, flat rodding me a couple of times before I eventually managed to net it. Once on the mat, I realised this was another fish that I recognised having caught it off the top a couple of years previous. When I had it last time, it had some serious tail damage but it seems to have recovered quite well. So, with a visit to the scales which read 17lb and a quick photo, I slipped it back leaving just enough time for a brew before I had to hit the road.
    10 points
  47. hutch

    March Catch Reports

    Had this one on my first trip since we were allowed to night fish again
    10 points
  48. dayvid

    February catch reports

    Managed just the one in the Cold NE wind
    10 points
  49. dayvid

    February catch reports

    A couple from mid week
    10 points
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